• Tenaya Oasi LV Women’s Climbing Shoe

    MSRP: $165.00   The Spanish climbing brand Tenaya is widely recognized for comfortable performance shoes but the brand claims the new low-volume Oasi provides “levels of comfort previously unheard of in such high-end models.” A … Continue reading "Tenaya Oasi LV Women’s Climbing Shoe"
  • Mountain Equipment Earthrise Jacket

    MSRP: $190 BEST FOR: All-around mountain use: winter belaying, ski touring, hiking   You have to respect ROOTS. Mountain Equipment was established in the U.K. in 1961 and boasts partnerships with the venerable Plas y … Continue reading "Mountain Equipment Earthrise Jacket"
  • GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Cookset

    MSRP: $44.95 BEST FOR: Multi-day alpine climbs   With GSI Outdoors’ Pinnacle Soloist Cookset, you get your pot with a lid and handle, your bowl and a foldable utensil all in one light-weight, nest-able package. … Continue reading "GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Cookset"
  • Mammut Nordwand Flex Jacket

      MSRP: $650.00 BEST FOR: Mountains, ice climbing   The term “hard-shell” once applied to the type of outwear we climbers used in inclement weather. Those old jackets certainly resembled shells—turtle-shells. They were tough, encapsulating, … Continue reading "Mammut Nordwand Flex Jacket"
  • Ombraz Sunglasses

    MSRP: $160.00 BEST FOR: Cragging or multi-pitch   I rarely wear sunglasses when I climb—seeing the rock with an orange or yellow or purple tint feels strange. More importantly, most of the time they rattle … Continue reading "Ombraz Sunglasses"
  • Smartwool Women’s Hide and Seek No-Show Socks

      MSRP: $12.95 BEST FOR: Use under slip-on approach shoes, warm weather   Now and then something strikes you as just a plain great idea. Of all places, it was during a checkup at the … Continue reading "Smartwool Women’s Hide and Seek No-Show Socks"
  • Outdoor Research StormTracker Heated Gloves

      MSRP: $264.95   The StormTracker heated gloves, made for all-around winter use, from skiing to ice climbing to bike riding, also beckon to the many of us (often women) who have poor circulation and … Continue reading "Outdoor Research StormTracker Heated Gloves"
  • Metolius Belay Glove

    MSRP: $39.95 BEST FOR: All-around use, nice for cooler temps   Burly. But plush. The Metolius Belay Glove is all-leather, a nice smooth cowhide. It is thicker and costlier than a leather-palm, nylon-back sport/gym glove … Continue reading "Metolius Belay Glove"
  • Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 20˚

      MSRP: $570 (reg); $600 (long)   When it arrived, I thought Mountain Hardwear had sent an empty box. It felt like nothing, but viola, there was a sleeping bag inside. At just 1 pound … Continue reading "Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 20˚"
  • Scarpa Furia S

      MSRP: $194.95 BEST FOR: Hard sport climbing   As a longtime Scarpa Furia fan—I’ve purchased four pairs and had several resoles—for sport climbing and bouldering, I was naturally curious about the introduction of the … Continue reading "Scarpa Furia S"
  • Jack Wolfskin Aurora Sky 3N1

      MSRP: $299.95 BEST FOR: All-around use, winter   German engineering. That has to be good, right? Jack Wolfskin, founded in Frankfurt in 1981 and still headquartered in Germany, aims for customers “who enjoy multiple … Continue reading "Jack Wolfskin Aurora Sky 3N1"
  • La Sportiva Gripit Kid’s Shoes

      MSRP: $75.00   My shose are awosome becaeus they feal so cumfy and they are my favrot colers! My favrots are green and blue. And thuy stick to the holds very well! Thur very … Continue reading "La Sportiva Gripit Kid’s Shoes"